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Wander the Streets of New York City

By Mary Simon

Are you missing the Big Apple? In many of these movies, the City becomes a character; in others it is a beautiful or scary background to the action taking place on the screen.

  • Ghostbusters

    2005

    Who doesn't want to see New York's most famous landmarks overrun by ghosts in a film made with 1980's special effects. The huge, demonic "Stay Puft Marshmallow Man" chased and hunted by the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroad, Sigourney Weaver, and Harold Ramis in this classic comedy tribute to haunted NYC.

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  • The Devil Wears Prada

    2006

    Meryl Streep shone in her depiction of the obnoxious editor of Vogue, but Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci weren't bad either. Based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger, this comedy makes fun of the American fashion journalism's and industry's "scene," crazy rules, and trends. Watch it before you read Andre Leon Talley's new memoir The Chiffon Trenches where he take digs at the same editor highlighted in this movie.

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    2009

    Gorgeous, fragile Holly Golightly (portrayed by Audrey Hepburn) is your typical poor, somewhat neurotic, eccentric New Yorker who wants romance and rescuing. Based on the classic short story by Truman Capote with music by Henry Mancinni. Old-time Hollywood romcom with NYC at the heart of the story.

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  • Man on Wire

    2008

    This documentary will literally take your breath away and cause you to bite your fingernails because it is so gripping and suspenseful. The award-winning movie focuses on Philippe Petit, a French high-wire artist who walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, documenting his preparations as well as his one-hour stunt.

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  • Men in Black

    2008

    One of the goofiest, most ridiculous and cleverest comedies about NYC starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. This hilarious sci-fi romp also finally tells us (for those familiar with NYC) what is in that building above the entrance to the Hugh Carey Tunnel!

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  • Moonstruck

    2006

    Cher fans take note. She is divine in this movie as Loretta Castorini, a 30-ish bookkeeper who longs for a second chance with love. The film is set in a picturesque Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn with wonderful shots of Manhattan

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  • Do the Right Thing

    2009

    Spike Lee's masterful film (which incidentally was produced 31 years ago), remains just as relevant an examination of racism in America as it did when it was first released in 1989! It explores racial inequality and police violence during a hot summer's day in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood. It launched the career of not just Spike Lee himself but also Rosie Perez, and turned Public Enemy's Fight the Power into the anthem it is today.

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  • Elf

    2004

    So many famous wonderful landmarks of NYC show up in this romantic, humorous family feature. We see Central Park, Manhattan's skylight, the Chrysler Building, the ice rink in front of Rockefeller Plaza--all shot during the beauty of winter. Delightful story and great cast.

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